Olathe Medical Center announced the largest expansion in its history last week. According to medical center officials, the expansion will create 200 new jobs in the area.
The 250-acre center announced four construction projects worth more than $100 million.
The four projects include a new, four-story obstetrics wing with a neonatal intensive care unit, a free-standing cancer center, the addition of a memory care neighborhood at Cedar Lake Village, and an expansion of the hospital’s expanded cardiovascular center.
Olathe Medical Center owns land in Gardner just north of the Gardner Road exit at Interstate 35, but the massive expansion does not include plans for the acreage the hospital owns there.
Construction on three of the four expansion projects will begin at in 2015. The memory care neighborhood expansion at Cedar Lake Village began in December and officials anticipate completion in November of this year. The assisted living center will create a place that individuals with all stages of dementia and Alzheimers can call home. It will include secure neighborhoods with private apartments and outdoor courtyards.
The new obstetrics wing is set to be completed in early 2017, with construction set to begin in April of this year. The new four-story, 105,000 square foot wing and neonatal care unit will be constructed on the northeast side of the building.
Medical center officials hope to begin construction on a new comprehensive cancer center in July with a completion date in early 2017.
Construction on a cardiovascular center at Olathe Medical Center will begin in April. Officials anticipate completion in February of 2016.